Welcome to the GeoVISTA Center!

We conduct and coordinate integrated and innovative research in GIScience, covering a broad range of domains from spatial cognition, through formal geo-information representation, to spatial analysis, cartography and visual analytics. Our goal is to advance GIScience theory and develop powerful human-centered methods and technologies that address scientific, social, and environmental problems through computer-supported, visually-enabled analysis of the growing wealth of geographic data.

GeoVISTA on Youtube

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Grad Student Highlight

Raechel Bianchetti will graduate from Penn State with a Ph.D in Geography in August 2014, and she has already accepted a tenure-track position in the Geography Department at Michigan State University.  As a graduate affiliate of the GeoVISTA Center, Raechel contributed to the SymbolStore project. Her research interests center on remote sensing and physical geography, cognitive GIScience, and historical geography. Raechel was also a member of the Human Factors in GIScience Lab.

Raechel successfully defended her thesis, Looking Back to Inform the Future: The role of cognition in forest disturbance characterization from remote sensing imagery, in May of 2014. Raechel’s dissertation work, which was supported by a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement grant from the National Science Foundation, is rooted in her interdisciplinary educational training.